Friday, April 23, 2010
Last night we were awakened by the wind blowing against the windows, and the waves crashing on the beach. There are two very large French doors (what else?)with side windows that are the full height and width of our apartment, so there is quite a nice view outside to the promenade and beach. But with a strong wind there is a bit of rattling, outside these windows a full metal door can be operated to protect the windows in the event of a very strong wind, so we debated if we should close this metal shutter or hope for the best. Being too lazy to get up, we opted for hoping the windows would not blow in and cover us with shattered glass shards, possibly lethal. The winds have abated through the morning to about 20 mph from somewhere about 40-50 mph last night. Since we are not covered with glass shards, I think we made the right decision. The Mediterranean does not have tides, so it is interesting to see the wind whipped breakers hitting the beach. On most days, no matter the weather, there are people on the beach and in the water, not so today. Earlier, we watched a cruise ship preparing to dock, but it cruised off and returned in about one hour after the wind had died down. Although the wind is abating, the surf continues to pound the beach and probably will for the rest of the day. We planned to walk into the old town this morning but will postpone that until later today. If you are interested in seeing where we are, I am attaching a link to the live Nice webcam. http://www.webcamgalore.com/EN/webcam/France/Nice/99.html if you open this site and click on the 'Visit Webcam' then on the box in the upper right hand corner, Plage Sud Ouest, then Grand Format, it will show the area where we are staying. In the live feed on the far left side of the camera, there is a tall building with blue glass panels, continue looking to the left and the last building on the left side is our building, 6 floors, 101 steps up from the ground level.